President's Award for Moyagh Murdock of Ireland's Road Safety Authority

Published Tue, 01/10/2019 - 06:24

Congratulations to Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of Ireland's Road Safety Authority, on receiving a 2019 TISPOL President's Award.

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Moyagh Murdock Chief Executive Officer, Road Safety Authority, for significant contribution to road safety

Over the past decade, the one recurring observation that emerged following presentations from Irish representatives at TISPOL Conferences was the value placed on Partnership in Ireland in its approach to reducing casualties on Irish roads.

TISPOL members continuously enquired as to how this Partnership worked – whether through formal or informal structures.

This Partnership approach was later witnessed first hand at the inaugural launch of Project EDWARD across Europe at the TISPOL Conference in Dublin in 2015 during Ireland’s Presidency of TISPOL, when Ireland’s Road Safety Authority came on board to support TISPOL in developing and promoting Project EDWARD and the Conference.

The aim of the Irish Road Safety Authority is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions through the provision of a safe environment for all road users.

The Road Safety Authority does this by: 

  • Undertaking research
  • Advising the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on road safety policy
  • Developing a road safety strategy
  • Education campaigns
  • Improving vehicle standards 
  • Driving instructor standards
  • Driver licensing oversight and enforcement, and
  • Working with Stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated response

 

Since becoming its Chief Executive in 2014, Moyagh Murdock has steered the RSA through a crucial phase in Ireland’s road safety endeavours.  With Ireland emerging from a crippling recession, she has ensured that road safety has been kept at the forefront of the social and political agenda in Ireland.

Moyagh has worked tirelessly to drive the road safety agenda in Ireland and bring Stakeholders along the journey to make Ireland’s roads safer for all communities.

Moyagh has also been instrumental in making Project EDWARD the success it is in Ireland today.  Her commitment from day one has been 100%.  Her support and that of her team has been crucial in helping the Project achieve the National, International and local profile it deserves.

During Moyagh’s tenure as Chief Executive, there has been a 25% reduction in road deaths in Ireland, down from 190 deaths in 2013 to 143 in 2018.  This is the lowest annual recorded number of road deaths in Ireland since records began in 1959 and saw Ireland become the second safest EU Member State.  This was recently recognised when the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) awarded Ireland its Road safety Performance Index (PIN) award.  To quote from the time – “This European road safety award is testament to the impact of Ireland’s long-term strategic planning to cut road fatalities, undertake regular evaluation and a multi-agency approach to deliver across government.”

Ireland’s achievement is also testament to Moyagh’s own strengths as a strategic leader, notably her communications, interpersonal and collaboration skills, underpinned by the strength of her passion and commitment to road safety.

Distinguished guests and colleagues, TISPOL has awarded the Presidents Award to Moyagh Murdock for her significant contribution to road safety in Ireland and across Europe and I now invite her to come forward to receive the presentation from TISPOL President, Volker Orben.